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story.lead_photo.caption A view of the Little Rock skyline from the north side of the Arkansas River.

The city of Little Rock has impressed Kiplinger personal finance magazine.

Kiplinger's Top 10

  1. Little Rock
  2. Burlington, Vt.
  3. Bryan-College Station, Texas
  4. Santa Fe, N.M.
  5. Columbia, S.C.
  6. Billings, Mont.
  7. Morgantown, W. Va.
  8. Ithaca, N.Y.
  9. Anchorage, Alaska
  10. Dubuque, Iowa

The publication recently tallied its 10 Great Places To Live, putting Little Rock at the top of the list of the best midsize-to-small cities.

"Set between the Ouachita Mountains and the Arkansas River and known for its rolling hills and ubiquitous trees, Little Rock offers far more than a lovely setting," the site said. "It is the capital of Arkansas and its largest city, as well as the state center of business, health care and culture. With a population of nearly 200,000, it has the amenities of a larger city but is small enough that you can feel part of the community."

Little Rock beat out the likes of Burlington, Vt.; Bryan-College Station, Texas; and Sante Fe, N.M., among others, for the title.

The website took in account the city's accessibility — the site said most destinations within the city are no more than 20 minutes away — along with job availability, health care, the city's setting and sports culture.

Kiplinger also highlighted a community they said "includes people of all ages," along with the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, the Clinton Presidential Library and Riverfront Park.

The website also gave praise to the city's businesses and economy, stating that Little Rock's unemployment rate is a full percentage point under the U.S. average (6.6 percent compared with 7.6 percent nationally).


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Archived Comments

  • Morgancub
    July 25, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.

    Wonder where old Kip lives ??

  • larbecca03301125
    July 25, 2013 at 12:17 p.m.

    Little Rock has come a long way. Makes one proud to be from Arkansas, finally.

  • larbecca03301125
    July 25, 2013 at 12:25 p.m.

    Now Morgancub, don't take this so negatively; be positive! We all know there is room for improvement, especially in certain areas (crime for one), but looking back across the years, this is a step toward redemption. Be cheerful. Smile.

    July 25, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.

    Our unofficial motto: "Shhhh! Don't tell California. Or Dallas."

  • Packman
    July 25, 2013 at 1:03 p.m.

    Hey Populist - OMG! Little Rock a better place to live than that little hamlet in which you dwell in Maryland? The horror of it all............. LMAO!

  • MenLR2
    July 25, 2013 at 1:09 p.m.

    Wonder how much the Chamber of Commerce paid to have this happen?

  • RaylanGivens
    July 25, 2013 at 2:11 p.m.

    North of I-630 maybe, gotta believe there are many in LR who don't even believe this, though there are so many stupid lists of "best" and "worst" places to live that you are bound to end up as the best once (unless it's Pine Bluff or Gary, IN)

  • whatstheworldcoming2
    July 25, 2013 at 3:50 p.m.

    Funny, right under the caption for Little Rock being named top city to live in, Arkansas Online reports that on Wednesday of this week there were 9 burglaries and 4 robberies. We are a pretty small city, so that seems like a lot to me. Just sayin'.

  • Fdworfe
    July 25, 2013 at 4:18 p.m.

    Little Rock tops the ten most desirable---no surprise here! Could also have mentioned that the "steady as she goes" State of Arkansas is the best kept secret in our world for being the best state in which to live---and don't forget Sherwood. But let's don't say any of this too loudly. A mad rush of more folks from all points of the compass is not what we need.

  • Dontcallmenames
    July 25, 2013 at 4:43 p.m.

    I hope we don't ruin our fair state by letting judges overturn the will of the people just because a handful of whiners want their way.